James Borton – Walker Institute, University of South Carolina

Science Diplomacy with Common-Interest Building in the South China Sea (James Borton)

James Borton

A veteran editor and environmental security writer, James Borton has been examining science cooperation in the disputed South China Sea. His explanatory journalism reveals how marine scientists, who share a common language, are working together towards the common good in the disputed region. His body of research and work illustrates how science diplomacy can initiate activities that contribute to managing conflicts

He was previously the director for Asia Pacific Advocacy Projects for Foreign Affairs, published by the Council of Foreign Relations in New York and Foreign Policy Magazineowned by the Washington Post). Borton has also served (Hong Kong-based) SE Asia correspondent for The Washington Times. He’s a contributor to Asia Sentinel, The Diplomat, East Asia Forum, Geopolitical Monitor, The South China Morning Post, Project Syndicate and World Politics Review. He is the author of Venture Japan(Probus 1992) and The Art of Medicine in Metaphors(Copernicus Healthcare 2013). Editor of The South China Sea: Challenges and Promises (Xlibris 2015) and Islands and Rocks in the South China Sea –Post Hague Ruling (Xlibris 2017).

He was a former National Endowment Fellow at Yale University and has been a research fellow at the Hong Kong-America Center at Chinese University, and Hanoi University School of Business. He’s a past non-resident fellow at the Washington-based Stimson Center and the US-Asia Institute.

In addition, he has successfully edited two journals, Venture Japan and New AsiaReview (Greenwood/Praeger). 

Currently, he is an adjunct Lecturer in the English Department at the University of South Carolina University and embraces an interdisciplinary approach to teaching writing and critical thinking about globalization issues. He also serves as a faculty associate at the Walker Institute at the University of South Carolina. His academic work, “ Science Diplomacy and Dispute Management in the South China Sea” is a chapter in the Palgrave Macmillan title, Beneath the Surface: Enterprises, Localities, People, and Policy in the South China Sea. He’s presently at work on a new book, Dispatches from the South China Sea.

Curriculum Vitae

How Vietnam may Curb China’s Ambitions. Washington Times6 June 2019.

Islands and Rocks in the South China Sea. 2017. Xibris, New York.

Scientific Communications. Course Syllabus. 2014

Webinar: Science Diplomacy and Environmental Peacebuilding in Oceans Governance. Environmental Peacebuilding Association. 9 May 2019

Standing on the Shoulders of Science Above the South China Sea Fray. East Asia Forum. 19 April 2019.